Friday 24 October 2014

today's weather Today's Weather
Rather cool and breezy today with variable cloud across the country. Rather cloudy in the west and northwest with occasional showers, some heavy. Brighter in the south and east with a mix of cloud and sunny spells and just well scattered showers. Highest temperatures 11 to 14 degrees Celsius, coolest over Ulster. Southwest winds will be moderate, occasionally fresh, and strong at times near Atlantic coasts.

Tonight's Weather
Mostly dry tonight under broken cloud, however showers will continue near Atlantic fringes, again some heavy in the northwest. Lowest temperatures of 5 to 9 degrees Celsius, with mostly moderate southwest winds at first, freshening overnight.

today's weather Tomorrow
Showers continuing in the west and northwest tomorrow Saturday, elsewhere showers will be isolated. Some bright or sunny spells but overall cloudy. Staying breezy with fresh and gusty southwest winds, windy near west and northwest coastal areas. Not quite as cool, with highest temperatures of 12 to 14 or 15 degrees Celsius, best values in the southeast of the country.

3 Day Outlook
SATURDAY NIGHT: Mild, cloudy and breezy with patchy rain near Atlantic coasts, turning heavy in the northwest towards morning. Lowest temperatures of 9 to 11 degrees Celsius, in a fresh and gusty southwest wind, and becoming windy near west and northwest coastal areas later.

SUNDAY: Rather windy with fresh to strong and gusty southwest winds. Rather dull and wet across much of Connacht and Ulster with outbreaks of rain, (heaviest further west of each province with spot flooding), drier elsewhere with some sunny spells, and just a few showers feeding into west Munster later in the day. Highest temperatures will range 13 to 15 degrees Celsius, coolest in the northwest.

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy with scattered outbreaks of rain across the country, heaviest across northwest counties (again spot flooding). Rather windy with fresh and gusty southwest winds. However it will be mild and humid with highest temperatures of 13 to 17 degrees Celsius, best values over Leinster where it will tend to be driest.

TUESDAY: Likely to be a wet day countrywide with heavy persistent falls of rain, leading to spot flooding. Hill, mist and coastal fog too. Highest temperatures 13 to 15 degrees with to moderate southerly winds.

Irish Water Safety - Stay within your depth when swimming in open water
Irish Water Safety is appealing to the public to stay within their depth when swimming in open water during this current spell of hot weather, following an analysis of the thirteen drownings in last year's heat wave.

  • Swim at Lifeguarded waterways - www.iws.ie/bathing-areas-page.html
  • If there is no Lifeguarded waterway nearby then swim at a recognized, traditional bathing area
  • Swim within your depth - stay within your depth
  • Use local knowledge to determine local hazards and safest areas to swim
  • Ensure that ringbuoys are present
  • Make sure that the edges are shallow shelving so that you can safely and easily enter and exit the water
  • Only drink alcohol after your aquatic activity has ended. Stay Away From The Edge after you consume alcohol
  • Never bring inflatable toys or floating killers to beaches, lakes or rivers

The majority of drownings, 62%, occur inland where river and lake beds can be difficult to see and therefore extremely difficult to determine if you are swimming within your depth. The onset of cramp, combined with the panicked realisation that you are out of your depth can have tragic consequences and be compounded further by the muscle cooling effect of longer periods in open water. Bear in mind that in a recent analysis on drowning over the last 25 years we discovered that 32% of drowning victims had consumed alcohol so stay away from water when you have been drinking.

  • Shout to the casualty and encourage them to shore. This may orientate them just enough
  • Reach out with a long object such a branch or a piece of clothing but do not enter the water yourself
  • Throw a ringbuoy or any floating object and call 112 for the coast guard